Cornell du Preez

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Cornell du Preez
Full name Cornell Gerhard du Preez
Date of birth (1991-03-23) 23 March 1991 (age 26)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 117.8 kg (18 st 8 lb; 260 lb)
School Framesby High School
University North West University
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union player
Rugby union career
Position(s) No.8 / Flanker
Youth Career
Leopards, S.A. Academy
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011 NWU Pukke
Edinburgh Academicals
5 (0)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–present Edinburgh 81 (75)
Correct as of July 2017
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2013 Eastern Province Kings 23 55
Super Rugby
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Kings 16 (15)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
South Africa U20
Correct as of 18 March 2017

Cornell du Preez is a South African born Scotland international rugby union player, currently playing with Edinburgh Rugby.[1]

Rugby Union career[edit]

Amateur level[edit]

He was born in Port Elizabeth, but went to North West University in Potchefstroom, where he played in the Varsity Cup for NWU Pukke. He represented the Leopards in the Under-19 and Under-21 Provincial Championship competitions and was named in the Leopards squad for 2011, without making an appearance.

He was first assigned to Edinburgh Academicals when not in use by Edinburgh Rugby.[2][3][4]

He was assigned to Heriots in 2015-16.[5]

Professional level[edit]

He joined the Eastern Province Kings on 1 November 2011, where he signed a two-year deal. He was also named in the Kings squad for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

He was released during the 2013 Currie Cup First Division season to join Alan Solomons at Edinburgh Rugby for the 2013–14 season.[6]

Du Preez had a successful first season at Murrayfield, racking up 23 appearances and ultimately being named 'Newcomer of the Year'.[7] A serious leg injury sustained in October 2014 during a match against Newport Gwent Dragons saw Du Preez missing a substantial part of the 2014–2015 season.[8]

International level[edit]

He was part of the South Africa Under-20s team that played at the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship.[9]

On 13 November 2016 he was called into the Scotland squad for the Autumn International Series as an injury replacement.[10] He was called up again for the 2017 Six Nations Championship,[11] making his debut against England at Twickenham before gaining his second test cap the following week in the final day victory over Italy.[12][13]


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